The new head of state in Israel took office some time after his mentor was assassinated.
Shlomo Ben Ami was Israel's foreign minister under Ehud Barak and served as the lead Israeli negotiator at the Camp David summit in 2000.
Lopsided ExchangeOnce again the government of Israel has demonstrated that, contrary to the oft-repeated mantra about not making deals with terrorists, it in fact...
During the summer of 2002 I wrote hopefully in The Jewish Press about Sulam, a special education network in Jerusalem. At that time, I reminded my readers that as life had become increasingly difficult for Israelis in general, it had become even more difficult for the country's developmentally disadvantaged Jewish children.
It's simply taken for granted that this is the only appropriate way for dates to transpire. How this baseless dogma ever took root among the am segula is a mystery to me.
A dignified old man, wrapped in a talit, smiled sadly and motioned to him to follow. He didn't know why, but he obeyed. Was it curiosity? Or fear?
The increasing Muslim immigration to Europe and America raises concerns that some of the new arrivals will bring with them the culture of anti-Semitism so prevalent in their home countries.
Criticism of Mahathir's deranged ideas was surprisingly mild throughout the Western community.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Shlomo Ben Ami, Israel's foreign ministerduring the Barak administration.
This past spring, I spoke at a synagogue in Skokie, IL. about the situation of Jewish students on our college campuses. As a professor at a large midwestern university who is faculty advisor to a pro-Israel organization (Israel Council at Purdue or ICAP), it wasn't difficult for me to identify the increasingly perilous circumstances of Jewish students.
Arab-Americans' Growing InfluenceIt's interesting that so many Arab-Americans, already viciously anti-Israel, now attack the Israeli security fence and excoriate Israel for being so audacious...
No earth-shaking commentary this week, just a couple of items that took the Monitor by surprise. The first was an amusing exchange in the Nov. 6 issue of The New York Review of Books (NYR) between Forward editor J.J. Goldberg and journalist Elizabeth Drew. Here is Goldberg's letter to the editor complaining about Drew's mischaracterization of the Forward:
It was not easy and it took a long time but recently the Hashmonaim community was finally able to celebrate the dedication of a new ambulance with the latest life-saving features.
The modern-day Left has developed and articulated this technique as a branch of the communication sciences.
Despite the continued reporting of atrocities during the cease-fire and the motive to destroy villages in the path of oil expansion in the Eastern Upper Nile, the Civilian Protection Monitoring Team neglected to interview key witnesses who were readily available.
Although on an intellectual level I knew there was a huge Muslim presence on campuses across North America, I wasn't prepared emotionally for the malevolence that Jewish students must confront on a daily basis.
The Left believes that marriage should be redefined and that judges alone are entitled to do so.
Yet another nail was banged last week into the coffin of Israeli democracy.
The victimization card is one of the more potent ones used by the neo-Nazis.
The influence of bloggers and their weblogs, already growing by leaps and bounds thanks to such polarizing controversies as the war in Iraq and such Internet-driven phenomena as the Howard Dean presidential campaign, reached new heights in October with the Gregg Easterbrook affair.